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Emotional Prosperity

Will Gross National Wellbeing join Gross National Product as an indicator of performance in the future?

Professor Andrew Oswald provides a fascinating overview of his recent research, suggesting how we should measure emotional prosperity in the century to come. The presentation describes the recommendations of the Stiglitz Commission, on which the author sits, which was set up by Nicolas Sarkozy to review for the future the way in which human progress ought to be measured.

In an industrialized country where everyone has enough food, nearly all jobs are clean and safe, and mental health may be our main concern, how can we decide what counts as progress for our workers and citizens?

This presentation describes how, literally, we look into people's hearts and heads to decide. It discusses money, heart rate, food, work, stress, blood pressure, and happiness.

Professor Andrew Oswald

Andrew Oswald is Professor of Economics at Warwick University, a member of the WBS Advisory Board and also holds an ESRC research professorship. He has published across the fields of economics, psychology, epidemiology, statistics and law, but is perhaps best known for his work on the economics of happiness, labour markets, and entrepreneurship. He has recently been Jacob Wertheim Fellow at Harvard University and a visiting professor at Cornell University and the University Zurich.